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‘Don’t speak ill of the dead’

November 20, 2013
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Last week I was informed of the passing of Bob Purdy. Bob was a longtime family friend and confidante. I was appalled when I read the article in the Press-Republican the day after his death which opened with numerous irrelevant items from Bob's distant past, including innuendo and misleading news stories from decades ago that were no longer newsworthy. "Don't speak ill of the dead" is an ancient code of common respect given to the departed. Though the Press-Republican countered many calls and emails of complaint it got from the public by saying that the article "was not a eulogy," 24 hours after one's death is a tasteless time frame for accusations against a man who was cleared of any charges.



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